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Meet Z-Safety Services: Safety Services and Equipment for Europe

Z-Safety Services is Total Safety’s European division that provides the same great industrial safety services and equipment of which Total Safety is known.

Let us know how we can help keep your workers safe worldwide by contacting us at +1.888.32.TOTAL (86825) or at mail@totalsafety.com.

The video is available in 4 languages. To view the video in another language, visit Z-SafetyServices.org.

 

Total Safety Appoints Troy W. Thacker President and Chief Executive Officer

Houston, TX—July 23, 2013 — Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, today announced that Troy W. Thacker has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective August 5, 2013. Mr. Thacker succeeds David E. Fanta who will retire.  Mr. Fanta will transition to the role of Special Advisor to the CEO to ensure a smooth leadership changeover. He also will maintain his position on the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Thacker previously served as President and CEO of R360 Environmental Solutions, the nation’s leading oilfield environmental solutions company, where he successfully expanded the company’s service offerings and capacity as the leading independent provider of environmentally-conscious waste disposal, recycling and treatment solutions to oil and gas producers.  Before joining R360, Mr. Thacker served as a Founding Partner of Paine & Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, where he was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and led investments in the energy, power, and industrial services sectors.

“On behalf of Total Safety’s Board, I am pleased to welcome Troy, who brings a unique set of skills and valuable industry experience to the Company.  Troy shares Total Safety’s commitment to excellence and we are fortunate to have Troy join us to lead Total Safety into its next chapter of growth,” said David A. Barr, Board Director, Total Safety and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus.  “I also want to thank Dave for his dedication and contributions to Total Safety over the past nine years, and wish him the best in his retirement.  We look forward to benefiting from the continuity of Dave’s involvement.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Thacker said, “Total Safety is uniquely positioned to continue to service the needs of its customers who seek high-quality safety and compliance solutions.  I am excited to join the Total Safety team and look forward to leading the Company as it continues to strive towards maximizing its growth potential.”

“It has been an honor to have served as Total Safety’s President and CEO during this period of strong growth and to have worked with a terrific group of employees dedicated to building the global leader in safety and compliance services,” said Mr. Fanta. “Now is the ideal time to transition the leadership of Total Safety to Troy in order to enable the Company take the next steps to capitalize on the opportunities for continued success.”

About Total Safety
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated industrial safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades. For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.

For additional information, contact:
Stenning Schueppert
Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
713-353-7182

Total Safety’s Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Three Charity Organizations

Total Safety donates to Sky High for St Jude
 

Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, today announced that funds raised during its annual ‘Tee It Up for Charity’ golf tournament will benefit three non-profit organizations focused on improving the lives of families within their communities.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament went to:

  • Sky High for St. Jude, a volunteer organization that raises money on behalf of children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sky High is also the largest donor of the Ronald McDonald House at St. Jude, which serves patients and families staying for extended treatment. Please visit www.skyhighshoot.org to learn more.
  • Combat Marine Outdoors, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide wounded Marines and other service members with once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures, promoting a sense of accomplishment, as well as one of hope and belonging. Please visit www.combatmarineoutdoors.org to learn more.
  • Krysta’s Karing Angels, a non-profit organization founded by a Total Safety employee that provides support to families affected by drunk driving. In addition, the organization generates awareness for its cause by taking crashed vehicles from actual accidents involving drivers that were driving while intoxicated (DWI) to schools, universities and other events, allowing people to see and hear the devastating effects caused by driving drunk. Please visit www.krystaskaringangels.com to learn more.

Total Safety’s clients and vendor partners participated in the tournament and contributed to the worthy cause. Some of the key sponsors included Enterprise Fleet Management, MSA, Warburg Pincus, BW Technologies and Crowe Horwath LLP. The tournament is always held just before the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Maintenance and Reliability Conference.

“Total Safety has hosted this event for 16 years, and year after year, I am always inspired by the hospitality of our clients and sponsors. We are grateful to those who participated in the event. Their generosity has directly impacted our community and provided a number of worthy causes with resources they might not have had otherwise,” said Paul Tyree, Total Safety COO.

Blakeman & Associates Partners with Total Safety

Blakeman & Associates, a premier ISNetworld® consulting firm, has joined forces with global safety giant Total Safety to provide clients with the best services in the industry.  The combined experience and knowledge of these two firms will offer an unparalleled package of safety and contractor compliance to an international client base.

Safety Service Solutions for the Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, Refinery, Chemical, Petrochemical, Power Generation & Industrial Markets

Montgomery, TX and Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

Blakeman & Associates and Total Safety are bringing together their consulting experience to offer customers a more complete package of services and products. Blakeman & Associates can now offer Total Safety’s online respirator medical evaluation questionnaire and Blakeman & Associates can now provide a managed ISNetworld® compliance solution for Total Safety’s clients.

“We are always looking for new opportunities that will further our clients’ safety services,” says Bob Williams, CEO of Blakeman & Associates. “Total Safety’s Rapid MEQ® testing, an OSHA approved online medical questionnaire for employees, fits a need our clients asked for and a new partnership was created.”

Stenning Schueppert, a Senior Vice President of Total Safety, is also looking forward to offering more services to their clients around the globe. “ISNetworld® compliance remains a challenge for some of our customers and we are proud to offer them a trusted resource to tackle that compliance hurdle. Blakeman & Associates has a stellar record of assisting customers with their online contractor compliance – a service many clients are looking to outsource,” stated Schueppert.

Blakeman & Associates will feature the RapidMEQ® testing on their redesigned website starting Monday, April 15th. The confidential questionnaire can be completed online, saving companies the time and cost of sending their employees to an offsite licensed healthcare provider.

Blakeman & Associates guides small and large companies through the startup process with systems like ISNetworld®, PEC Premier, PICS and BROWZ and offers an annual maintenance program for maintaining compliance with these systems.

“Together with Total Safety, we will be able to bring a level of service to our customers unparalleled in the industry,” said Williams. “We see the needs of our clients changing and we have developed new services and products for our current and future clients.”

About Blakeman & Associates: Blakeman & Associates is a Montgomery, Texas based company that offers a wide range of safety, environmental, DOT, recruiting and human resources consulting services to clients all over North America. They have provided total compliance and business solutions to thousands of companies over the last 25 years. For more information about Blakeman & Associates, contact them at 936-582-2900, visit their website http://www.blakemanandassociates.com or email them at info(at)blakemanandassociates(dot)com

About Total Safety: Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. Selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies,” it operates from 142 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

**Neither Blakeman & Associates nor Total Safety are in any way endorsed, sponsored, approved by, or otherwise affiliated with ISNetworld®.

Simple Lockout/Tagout Procedures Some Overlook Create Material Risk

By Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety Senior VP—Stratgety, Marketing & Corporate Development

For those responsible for personnel safety during a shutdown procedure (that’s everyone), this is for you. For those unfamiliar with lockout/tagout (LOTO) regulations, you should be aware of current deficiencies within our industry regarding the topic, as well as potential corrective actions that should be taken tomorrow to improve safety within your facility.

The three most common LOTO problems are lack of proper procedures, lack of adequate training and improper tag use. If our industry steps back to investigate these issues, we will note proper procedures and training have less correlation with team members not following protocol but more to do with companies failing to provide personnel with the knowledge, training, systems and support they need to protect their own safety and, ultimately, the safety of the people and assets around them.

How can safety issues with such directly addressable solutions survive? We should more proactively highlight and address this concern and, to influence better behavior, we should first address opinion: injuries—and even fatalities—have occurred from not sticking to LOTO procedures. A fatality in June related to improper blinding procedures at a downstream facility is similar: small missteps, material risk. The hazardous environments we work in daily are respected; the safety procedures within those environments need to be treated with that same level of respect.

The lack of procedures and training may lead to the third problem—improper tag use. But Keith Davis, president of Application Factory, noted these needless incidents “occur for a variety of reasons, such as lack of understanding about what needs to be tagged, or the inevitability of human error.” Human error can be minimized with clear and concise LOTO procedures and systems in place and, coupled with sufficient training, companies can successfully rectify this safety gap.

While the above solution sounds ideal, it may not be. An unfortunately common and growing problem is workers are provided with general LOTO training on the job, but the procedures (or lack thereof) fail to address all safety aspects to do it effectively. Like the use of locks to ensure the energy sources (and not just electricity) remain disconnected; the disconnect locations for the energy sources, the procedures for bleeding, blocking and verifying energy sources have been rendered safe; clearly labeling each lock with a durable tag (or durable label or marking) to identify the worker assigned to a lock that is used to secure an energy control device; and more.

Once developed, consistent reinforcement of the facility’s procedures is certainly a great way to keep the message of LOTO safety in the forefront of workers’ minds. Another improvement would be to create a balance between man and technology; the industry is finally evolving from traditional handwritten tags to automated LOTO solutions even a novice can operate as they are engineered specifically to prevent human error.

But it is not just up to management, HSE or maintenance to keep personnel safe.

Team members must be proactive themselves during LOTO by:

  • Following the regulations in the employer’s hazardous energy control program.
  • Completing all employer-provided training on hazardous energy control procedures.
  • Ensuring, before beginning any adjustment, maintenance or servicing work, all sources of hazardous energy are de-energized; all forms of hazardous energy, including electrical breaker panels and control valves are properly locked and tagged; and all stored energy sources are blocked or dissipated.
  • Verifying only one key exists for each of your assigned locks and only you hold that key.
  • Testing and/or observing all energy sources are de-energized.

Keeping those principles at the forefront of your mind will provide the greatest reward of all—having everyone return home safely after each and every shift.

For more information, log onto www.TotalSafety.com, call us at (888) 448-6825 or email.

 

Total Safety Broadens Safety Equipment Rental Fleet

Total Safety, the world’s leading provider of industrial safety services and equipment, has partnered with Remote Safety Recovery Systems to include a series of decontamination shower, cooling and heating, safety, and other customizable trailers as part of the Total Safety rental fleet throughout North America.

Total Safety offers decontamination shower trailers for remote locations.Ideal for remote locations, Total Safety’s mobile decontamination shower trailers provide workers with access to ANSI-compliant emergency eyewash and shower stations to flush hazardous materials from the eyes and/or body.

Built tough for climates with extreme weather, Total Safety’s cooling and heating trailers give workers access to climate-controlled trailers, ideal for conducting meetings, providing safety and first aid, and more. In addition, Total Safety offers intrinsically-safe cooling trailers equipped with misting fans to reduce the ambient air temperature, keeping body temperatures stable and preventing heat illness.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires suitable facilities within the work area to protect the health and safety of workers—and for good reason. “Prolonged exposure to high-heat or freezing climates may cause serious health problems, and depending upon thTotal Safety offers heating and cooling trailers for extreme weather.e conditions, it can happen in a relatively quick amount of time if precautions are not taken,” says Kraig Knight of Remote Safety Recovery Systems.

About Total Safety                                                                   

Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades. For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.

About Remote Safety Recovery Systems

Remote Safety Recovery Systems provides mobile safety trailers and systems to support construction, timber, agriculture, oil and gas, and other outdoor industries that are exposed to hazardous chemicals, as well as inclement weather.

For additional information contact:
Stenning Schueppert
Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
713-353-7182

Total Safety’s Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System Evaluated by Texas A&M Engineering Extension

TEEX evaluates Total Safety's Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System
TEEX puts Total Safety’s Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System to the test

Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, announced that its Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System has been tested and evaluated by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Product Development Center (“TEEX PDC”) at TEEX’s Emergency Services Training Institute to verify compliance with the current interpretation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 29 CFR 1910.146. The patent-pending system from Z-Systems, already successfully deployed in Europe, will likely serve as a further supplement to existing confined space safety operations.

Total Safety’s exclusively-licensed Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System utilizes a central control center that continuously identifies workers within permit-required confined spaces; maintains visual contact and a clear line of two-way communication with workers inside and outside the permit space; monitors the atmosphere of the permit space for toxic or dangerous gases; and sounds appropriate alarms if an incident occurs.

Total Safety engaged TEEX PDC to review and provide an independent third-party evaluation, and to coordinate and document operational tests utilizing the parameters of TEEX TESTED®. The TEEX PDC TESTED trademark ensures products or technologies entering the marketplace perform reliably with integrity and durability, as intended, under acceptable, repeatable real-world conditions.

About Total Safety

Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated compliance, personnel and professional safety solutions and the products necessary to support them. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.

About TEEX PDC

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Product Development Center (TEEX PDC) leverages engineering expertise, experienced market analysts along with realworld laboratories and facilities to ensure technology stays on the path to commercialization. TEEX PDC can develop methodologies, recruit subject matter experts, and develop partnerships to assess, test and evaluate products. It provides unbiased assessments to help develop and test products, as well as deliver it to market.

Total Safety Opens Carrizo Springs Safety Equipment Store to Serve Customers in Western Eagle Ford

Total Safety opens an industrial safety equipment store in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to service customers in the Eagle Ford.Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, has opened the doors to another safety equipment store in Carrizo Springs, Texas. The Carrizo Springs store serves customers in the Western Eagle Ford area and is currently open for business with an official grand opening celebration set for September 28, 2012.

With store locations adjacent to its offices in Midland, Texas, Hobbs, New Mexico, and Dickinson, North Dakota, Total Safety sets up shop to welcome local clientele in remote locations for their safety equipment needs.

Supplying more inventory and at better prices than the local competition, each Total Safety store houses high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE), gas monitors, breathing apparatus and more from top suppliers that its customers know and trust. Special orders can be placed in the store. “We opened these stores in response to customer feedback and needs.

“There is great demand for workers in these areas; it makes perfect sense to protect those valuable experts with the safety products they need on a daily basis,” explains Mike Lewis, Total Safety regional manager.

Since the stores are built adjacent to a Total Safety office, customers will still have access to the company’s complete line of safety services, including compliance and inspections services, professional and technical safety services, specialized safety personnel, and communications and monitoring services.

Total Safety’s Carrizo Springs store is located at 3479 Highway 277, Carrizo Springs, Texas, and is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Total Safety Named One of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today

Total Safety selected as one of America's Safest Companies 2012 by EHS Today.Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, today announced that it was one of eight companies selected as “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, a publication that serves as a resource for safety, health and industrial hygiene professionals in the manufacturing, construction and service sectors.

To be chosen as one of America’s Safest Companies, nominees had to demonstrate support from management and employee involvement in the company’s safety and health program; provide innovative solutions to safety challenges; report injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industries; support comprehensive training programs; believe that that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; have integrated safety into their corporate culture and communicate the value of safety to employees and customers; and substantiate the benefits of the safety process.

Accepting the award at the America’s Safest Companies Conference that highlighted transformational safety leadership and safety panels from both industrial and regulatory experts, Paul Tyree, Total Safety chief operating officer, noted, “As a safety services company, we strive to develop best practices and innovative ideas that address even the toughest risk mitigation challenges within our clients’ industries. I’m so proud of our team.”

Total Safety believes that safety should be one of every company’s top priorities and responsibilities. As with any sound investment companies may make, an investment in the safety and wellness of its employees — by providing necessary equipment and training, analyzing both historical and leading indicators, and always looking for ways to improve safety policies and procedures — is one that will pay off in both the near- and long-term.

“We are truly honored to receive EHS Today’s ‘America’s Safest Companies’ award. Our employees go to great lengths to uphold our mission ‘to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide,’ and it is recognition, such as this, that reminds our employees that they are the ones continually raising the safety benchmark,” said David Fanta, Total Safety president and chief executive officer.